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The good, the bad, the local

Lockdown caused a bit of chaos around the country. People were venturing off into uncertainty, and there was global confusion as we tried to comprehend the unfathomable. We were all riding through the same storm, but in different boats, and I was feeling the pinch too, after losing my bread...
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Tradie Profile: Marion Thomas

Marion was 28 when she arrived in New Zealand on a yacht. She had sailed from San Diego with friends of her family on their second attempt to reach NZ by boat; the first was a few years prior. Marion had been invited on that trip too but turned down...
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The Kayak Conversion

When Alert Level 4 hit NZ a few months back, all of us fishermen and boaties were left land-locked for several weeks. Level 3, however, saw every ocean-going Kiwi rummaging around in their sheds or under the house for that kayak they hadn’t used for a year or two, but...
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Into the dark

Imagine, it’s dark, and there is no light whatsoever; not a moon or star, just black. You are squeezed between two rock walls oozing with slime and mud, but there is just enough room to get your head through if you turn it sideways and suck in your breath. This...
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Winter wakeboarding from above

Cold is a funny thing. We work pretty hard to stay out of it but sometimes it creates the best adventures. It was early June and the season’s first snowfall had just hit the Canterbury high country. The boat slid off the trailer at Lake Lyndon and the fish-finder displayed...
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The Coromandel – a paradise for holidaymakers

The Coromandel is one of New Zealand’s most popular holiday destinations. I’m sure a huge part of this is the fact that it’s a fishing and boating paradise blessed with miles of diverse coastline, hundreds of islands and reefs, and shelter in all but the worst weather conditions. Working our way...
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TRADIE PROFILE: GEMMA O’BRIEN

After growing up on the family’s beef farm near Kawakawa in the Far North, Gemma went to Otago University, where she gained not one, not even two, but three degrees. She credits her mother, whose early-onset arthritis was a wake-up call for Gemma to live life to the fullest and...
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TAMING THE TIGER TROUT

If you’re an avid trout fisher, you would have heard whispers about the “tiger trout”. For those that don’t know, the tiger trout (Salmo trutta × Salvelinus fontinalis) is a sterile, hybrid of the brown trout (Salmo trutta) and the brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis), and in my opinion, is the...
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HAMISH WARD – DEEP CREEK HEAD BREWER

Brewing beer is one of the oldest and most noble of trades. From the deeply spiritual processes mastered in European monasteries, through to the bloke in his garage just desperate to make something drinkable, the desire to create beer is a not so secret passion of most males on this...
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Tahr Time!

Keen hunter Nick Binks headed to the South Island’s west coast to chase the mighty tahr recently, and the trip did not disappoint. Every year, I try my luck in the tahr ballot run by DOC. This allows you remote access by helicopter into some of the most fantastic, rugged...
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